West Virginia - Wild and Wonderful

About West Virginia

West Virginia is noted for its mountains and diverse topography, its historically significant logging and coal mining industries, and its political and labor history. It is one of the most densely karstic areas in the world, making it a choice area for recreational caving and scientific research.


West Virginia is full of opportunity for any business with a growing economy and a highly dedicated workforce. Whether you are running an existing business or thinking of starting a new business you can find all of the information you need throughout this business section.


West Virginia is fortunate to have a tremendous education system with a high standard of excellence. Please use the information provided here to learn more about the wealth of educational opportunities in our great state.


West Virginia is home to one of the finest workforces in the country based on our hard work and commitment to quality. Whether you are looking for new job opportunities, enhancing your job skills or researching future employment trends you can find all of the information you need throughout this employment section.


West Virginia offers the perfect balance of a rural and urban setting that suits a variety of lifestyles. This is a state where you can go whitewater rafting in the morning, go to an art exhibit in the afternoon and attend a concert in the evening. Whether you just moved to the Mountain State or your family has been here since it was founded, you are part of our community.


Maintaining proper health is vital to ensuring the highest quality of life possible. West Virginia strives to provide one of the best health care systems in the country that is affordable and available to all residents of the state. This section contains numerous resources to assist you in accessing the health care services provided in the state.


Exhilarate in the lasting beauty and natural wonder scattered throughout West Virginia. From unmatched outdoor recreation to world-class resorts, breathtaking scenery and a variety of cultural and historic attractions, West Virginia is an ideal spot to plan your next adventure. Discover for yourself what makes West Virginia wild and wonderful.

 WVDA Veterinarian Completes Intensive Foreign Animal Disease Training

Assistant State Veterinarian Dr. Koren Custer recently completed her training as a Foreign Animal Disease Diagnostician (FADD) at Plum Island, New York. The course is two weeks of 10-to-12-hour days, according to Custer.

“I got to work with several different species and got to see Foot-and-Mouth Disease first-hand, so it was a very good experience,” said Dr. Custer, referring to the extremely contagious disease that caused the destruction of an estimated 7 million cattle and sheep in Great Britain in 2001.

“This is critical information for our veterinarians to have,” said Commissioner of Agriculture Walt Helmick. “It’s an extra measure of security for our livestock farmers to have animal health professionals with the highest levels of specialized training.”

The school runs six times per year and educates approximately 30 students per session. Students are typically federal and state veterinarians and laboratory diagnostic staff, military veterinarians, veterinary school faculty and some industry veterinarians, according to information from the Plum Island website.

These hands-on courses allow students to directly observe signs of foreign animal diseases. Students are also instructed on sample collection and submission in the event of a suspected foreign animal disease outbreak. Once they finish their courses, they, in effect, become surveyors for foreign animal diseases across the United States.

Scientists at the facility have the capability to diagnose more than 30 exotic animal diseases, including FMD, classical swine fever, African swine fever, and other diseases listed by the World Organization for Animal Health (OIE), and they perform thousands of diagnostic tests each year, looking for the presence of foreign animal disease agents.

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Department of Agriculture